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Deborah Seton

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  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful performance from Richard Armitage

  • By Valentina Ancilotti on 05-11-17

Forgot how much I love Dracula!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-19

If this review were just for Dracula, it would have been 5 stars across the board, but I didn't enjoy the other two novels so much.

I've never read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde before, although I was familiar with the broad story from film versions and I was interested to discover the 'real' story. Having studied 19th century literature, I recognised many of the devices and themes, and really enjoyed that part of the reading. The story as written is much thinner than I expected and when compared to The Picture of Dorian Gray, which shares the same central idea, it pales into insignificance. Still very glad to have read it though.

I have previously read and studied Frankenstein and thoroughly enjoyed it, but listening to it purely for pleasure definitely didn't work so well for me! I didn't finish it. It is a truly excellent novel of it's time and genre and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it though!

I've also read Dracula (several times) and studied it formally too. The opposite of my Frankenstein experience happened here though - I didn't enjoy studying it (probably because it was already a beloved 'story') and absolutely loved listening to it this time! It has been years since I read it and it was a delight to rediscover.

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated audiences for more than five decades, beginning with her first television role at the age of 17. From Gidget’s sweet-faced ‘girl next door' to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-winning ferocity and depth of her role in Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and brilliantly written

  • By Isabel Wilson on 12-11-18

Is it a mistake to narrate your own biography?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-19

I found this one a bit of a mixed bag. Sally's story is really interesting - so outside of my personal experience that even the bad and sad parts can be enthralling. It certainly kept me engaged through three quarters of it.

I think it is also reasonably well written, but possibly a mistake to decide to narrate it herself on the Audible version since I found her voice rather irritating and pretty whiny at times - often came across as "poor me", which is probably very unfair and not true, but the impression I had, nevertheless.

  • The Children’s Book

  • By: A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Famous author Olive Wellwood writes a special private book, bound in different colours, for each of her children. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, and those of their rich cousins and their friends, the son and daughter of a curator at the new Victoria and Albert Museum, are already inscribed with mystery. Each family carries its own secrets. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent and complex book, beautifully read...

  • By D.O. on 24-03-19

Hmmm...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Hmm, this is such a tricksy title to review... On the one hand, I really appreciate the work that has gone into creating this very accomplished novel but, on the other, I don't think I can really say that I "liked it" in the widest sense.

There are a lot of characters in the story and whilst they're mostly well fleshed out, very few are that likeable and most are a bit irritating, plus it does make for a rather confusing landscape. Given that I listened to it on audible rather than having a book in my hands where I could flick back and forth, that will certainly have an impact on my experience of reading, but my irritation at the characters would have been there, regardless.

Not sure I'll read another A S Byatt for a while.

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 22-05-14

Rather predictable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I know that Ken Follett is a popular author, so I thought I'd give this one a try as it sounded like a story I might enjoy. Unfortunately, I did a lot of laughing in places where I don't think it was intended that the reader should laugh... The story felt predictable throughout and the interactions between men and women were beyond ridiculous and very childish.

I suppose that the plot itself was okay and I did manage to get to the end, just not well told and not a great performance by the narrator either. If you're a schoolboy (or have the mind of one) with an obsession with breasts, you may well enjoy it.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

Engaging, different and enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-19

I'm new to Diane Setterfield, but am already a fan after this, my second book of hers. Her stories are so original and so well paced and plotted and she's a real book lover's writer.

The main sub-plot involving the main character Maragaret and her family history really didn't work for me - I found it rather contrived. But, the main thrust of the plot is about Vida Winter and that is really entertaining - not so realistic when taken as a whole, but that felt okay to me because the whole story is really pretty fairy tale 'ish - in a good way.

If you want something original to lose yourself in and enjoy lots of detail centric storytelling, you will enjoy this!

Jenny Agutter's narration is excellent.

  • Ross Poldark

  • Poldark, Book 1
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't tell...

  • By Amanda Isbell on 13-04-15

Engrossing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-19

I'm pretty sure that my high rating of the Poldark series of books has something to do with the 70s TV series, which I was allowed to stay up and watch on Sunday night as a child - I LOVED IT!

I actually read these books somewhere in the 80s and devoured them all several times over in a 10 year period, I found them well written and engrossing. When I saw that Audible had them all available recently (no doubt as a result of a ressurgence of interest due to the modern remake of the TV series, which I thought was truly awful, even though the scenery wasn't shaky and it was visually well done, unlike the 70s version!), I assumed that I wouldn't enjoy them so much at such a remove - but I did!

Not at all sure if my love of the books is down to wearing rose tinted glasses, but I found myself just as engrossed in the story again on the latest re-read, so Mr Graham deserves his rating in my book - LOL!

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

Brilliant series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-19

Such a great read with so many great and fully drawn characters. The pacing of the main characters' road trip is so perfect and drew me in from the beginning. The historical research is fabulous and not one false note was struck, which allows you to relax and lose yourself in the world the writer is drawing for you.

Highly recommend.

  • Sword Song

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 689

The fourth in the best-selling Alfred series from number-one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and Alfred's kingdom of Wessex in the south. But trouble stirs, a dead man has risen and new Vikings have arrived to occupy London. It is a dangerous time, and it falls to Uhtred, half Saxon, half Dane, a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain, to expel the Viking raiders and take control of London for Alfred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent story in the series

  • By Jane on 26-09-18

Can I finish it?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-19

At the time of writing this review, I've read up to and including book 6 in the series and am now starting to tire a little of the main character, who seems to be rinsing and repeating.

I came to the series of books from the modern TV series, which I absolutely love and, to begin with, the books really did stand up to that and I loved them too. Whilst I'd like to see the series of books through, I don't think I will because they become too samey.

If you haven't read, I do recommend at least the first 3 books, which give you a great overall impression of Uhtred and his mates and are full of well written and enjoyable scenes.

  • Restoration

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly convincing

  • By AReader on 14-02-15

I preferred the film

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-19

I watched the film of the same name with Robert Downey Jnr some years ao and remember enjoying that, so decided to read the book, which was a bit of a disappointment. Although it is a clever story, the main character wasn't likeable and I didn't enjoy the narrator very much.

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

Starts well but lost me after a few chapters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-19

As I started listening to this one, I really enjoyed it - I liked the amount of detail the narrator of the story was sharing and the way she was sharing it, as someone who clearly loves books and reading, as I do, and is also a keen observer of the behaviour of others.

After a while though, things didn't feel quite so rounded to me and I started to feel irritated by the main protagonist. We then went stumbling into some pretty cliche and puke enducing romance in the storyline, and that always kills things dead for me.

I did manage to finish the book, but not without difficulty.